The UN General Assembly coined December 5 as International Volunteer Day (IVD) – a day celebrated by Amway, organizations and individuals around the world. This day is a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector. This year’s theme was, ‘The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!’
We are proud to report that more than 30 Amway countries embraced the theme and got involved for IVD! Amway Europe specifically focused their volunteer activities around Amway’s commitment to health and wellness as a company. Amway Europe’s global day of volunteering was also a continuation of the success of Amway’s 10 year anniversary volunteer day in 2013 – making this their third year of rallying employees and Amway distributors to impact their local communities.
Here are a few highlights from this year’s volunteer events:
60 children in need from “El Gallinero”, one of the poorest areas of Spain spent an afternoon playing with more than 40 employees and distributors in a playground with a trampoline, bouncy castle, ball pool, etc., followed by a healthy snack time and some activities related to healthy nutrition.
An Amway Netherlands ABO Leader organized a Nutrition Obstacle Course in her school in Zeeland: 50 children aged 7-8 years were challenged by 8 volunteering mothers to complete the nutrition and physical activities of 8 stations, among them a smell memory sense station and a teeth brushing hygiene station.
35 children from orphanages in Bratislava, together with 15 distributors, employees and NGO volunteers, had a great time doing sport and creative activities combined with a healthy lunch.
38 girls participated in the Nutrition Obstacle Course in a school in Lyon. 7 volunteers – staff, distributors and teachers – prepared 8 stations, among them a food pyramid and a final joint ‘eat in colors’ buffet which the participating children thought was delicious.
Amway Austria cooked together with the children of Austrian Children’s Cancer Aid. 15 Volunteers organized an amazing event which was attended by almost 250 distributors. The Austrian Affiliate donated 5000 Euro to Austrian Children’s Cancer Aid and above of that St Nicholas brought healthy gift bags to all of the children.
A team of 12 Amway Volunteers – distributors, staff and teachers- participated to organize and hold a Nutrition Obstacle Course in Brussels for 30 children.
26 employees created a children’s play room in the facilities for refugees next to the European headquarters so that all volunteers had the chance to get to know the refugees and also play with the children in the new room.
20 volunteers and 12 children participated at Kristiine’s Youth Center going 7 main tasks related to food and nutrition and physical activities. All the tasks were completed by the children and Amway volunteers helped them in every step of the process.
Matti Lamberg from the Finnish ice hockey team Helsingfors IFK performed some physical activities with the children as well as distributors who hosted 6 different activity stations from the Amway CSR Toolbox at an indoors activity park in Helsinki.
150 volunteers and 200 children in 7 cities of Hungary organized a nutrition obstacle course, gave Santa packs to children, Zumba danced and sang Christmas carols at Children’s hospitals.
Amway Iberia collaborated with Terra dos sonhos (Dreamland), a Portuguese NGO that aims to make dreams come true for children diagnosed with chronic or in advanced stage diseases. Amway organized an art workshop with the participation of 30 distributors and 4 employees with a play on the topics of friendship and healthy habits.
For the second year in a row, Amway Italy partnered with Stop Hunger Now NGO to provide ready-to-be-used meals for disadvantaged children. Amway staff and distributors volunteered to pack a total amount of 10,000 meals for the Soweto Academy kids in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.
More than 40 distributors and guests joined young Athletes from Special Olympics Ireland and Father Christmas, giving the Young Athletes their Nutritional packs and raising funds during the day for Special Olympics Ireland.
Amway Volunteers together with healthy nutrition experts visited the “Aušros” kindergarten-school and helped 36 children to fulfil 7 different tasks associated with a healthy lifestyle.
The Centre for Rehabilitation, Education and Care “Helenów” specializes in supporting children with a wide spectrum of developmental disorders. 25 Volunteers and approximately 40 children took part in activities at 6 stations where volunteers explained the need to eat fruits and vegetables and exercise.
Partnering with the Volleyball school of the Turkish Volleyball Federation, 50 distributors and more than 90 children participated at an event where stations with themes of healthy nutrition and sports were placed in the Volleyball court.
At the London Experience Centre, over 20 Amway distributors and staff helped to fill and gift wrap 100 Amway One by One mugs which contained nutritional treats and gifts for children. These gift mugs were presented to the charity “Make Some Noise” in London that support children.
Amway Ukraine partnered with the program, “Kids for Peace”, having spectacular sports entertaining competition of school teams to promote a healthy lifestyle. It enrolled about 150 children in one day. Amway organized play stations about nutrition and related topics where Amway employees acted as the volunteer trainers.